What Is Website Hosting?
Website hosting is the space on the internet that your website lives in. Website hosting service providers are businesses that provide the services needed for the website to be viewed on the internet. Servers are the special computers that each website is stored (or hosted) on.
Free vs Paid Website Hosting
New home business owners often opt to start out on free websites such as Blogger, WordPress.com or Wix. There are major reasons you should stay away from these free sites:
- Your website will contain advertising for the free site builder that you’re using. Your goal is to brand you and your business, not them.
- There may be restrictions against monetizing your website.
- They don’t come with the ability to create your own custom email address. You’ll still end up using something like a free Gmail account for your email and that just looks completely unprofessional. It also says to the user that you don’t want to invest money in your business, so why should they?
- Customizing and expanding the functionality of your website is very restrictive.
- Customers pay more to have a domain name routed to their website.
- Violating Terms Of Service will have your website deleted, often without notice.
With self-hosted WordPress, you are free to do anything you want with your website:
- customize it as much you’d like,
- install free and paid plugins to add to the functionality,
- create an online store for your business
- monetize your website any way you’d like.
In other words, YOU are in control and no one is telling you what to do (providing it’s legal that is!).
So let’s take a closer look at the website hosting services that you’ll need.
What is Shared Website Hosting?
Shared website hosting is when multiple websites share a large server. By having multiple sites on the same server, website hosting companies are able to provide their services at highly affordable pricing. You can expect to pay anywhere from $5 – $10 per month and often bonuses such as 1st month free or free WordPress installation are offered.
Another term to familiarize yourself with is VPS (Virtual Private Server). Virtual Private Servers are partitioned into multiple “private servers”. Small groups of websites share the server and each website is assigned an “allotment” of resources. If your website suddenly starts using more and more resources, your website will become unreachable as the server will only provide you with the resources that have been assigned to you.
With shared hosting, the server will continue to provide you with more and more resources to try and keep up with your websites demand. You’ll have the power of the entire server behind you.
As an example: Imagine you go on National TV and promote your website. This leads to a massive influx of traffic to your site. Your website will become unreachable on a VPS when your “allotment” isn’t large enough. Shared servers will continually provide your site with resources until it completely runs out, giving your website a much better chance of being seen.
If your website suddenly becomes an Amazon.com overnight the server will provide your site with all the resources it has available. This may cause slowdowns on the entire server if it happens on a continual basis. In this case, your website host may ask you to upgrade to a Dedicated Server. Your website will be the only site on the entire server. The drawback to this is that it can be extremely expensive to run and maintain.
For the Work At Home Mom, shared hosting is the perfect solution:
- Cost effective – Dividing costs between all websites on the server keeps cost lower for each user.
- Administration Panel – Manage your website through CPanel.
- 1 Click Software Installations – through CPanel you’ll be able to use software such as Fantastico, Softaculous, and Installatron to install scripts like WordPress very easily.
- Highly Skilled Professional Service – A reputable company will provide you with access to professional customer service representatives, who can assist with any questions you may have.
The website hosting company I have partnered with has now been in business for 25 years. Dena lives in Florida where our data center is located and is absolutely brilliant with the servers!
I remember when we first saw a .GIF actually MOVE and were amazed! ~ Dena Whitebirch
Together Dena & I are bringing you some super special website hosting plans that I guarantee will have your new home business up and running in a flash!
Want an even better deal on the FULL PACKAGE? For my readers only, download your FREE copy of the Online Business Ideas Actionable Workbook and receive a MEGA BONUS!
— Wahm Dianne